Vara y Pulgar 2014 Tintilla, Vino de la Tierra de Cadiz
Item Number: 12009
Sub Region: Jerez
Appellation/AVA: Tierra de Cadiz
Grape(s): 100% Tintilla
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Albariza
Elevation: 197 feet
Terroir Notes: This wine is produced in the Jerez region near the town of Cadiz in southwest Spain by the Atlantic ocean. The soils of these vineyards are composed of the finest white chalk of Jerez by the name of Albariza.
Winemaking Notes: Vara y Pulgar is aged for a total of 19 months. The first 12 months in 40% oak vat and 60% concrete tank of 6,000 liters followed by additional 8 months in French oak barrels of 225 liters.
About Tintilla: Vara Y Pulgar is produced with one of the most rare grape varieties of southwestern Spain. The Tintilla grape was cultivated in Jerez for many centuries; however, it, along with many other varieties disappeared after the phylloxera epidemic in the early 20th century. Today, Alberto Orte has recovered a few cuttings from abandoned vineyards that managed to survive phylloxera, and after many years of work has managed to produce the first bottles of 100% Tintilla still (dry) wine in over a century. Recent genetic studies show that Tintilla is the same as Graciano. It is important to note that the first documents published on Tintilla were by Roxas Clemente in 1806, whereas the first known written reference to Graciano was a century later. Tintilla has also the name of Xeres in Australia. As such, it is a reasonable hypothesis to establish that the origin of this grape is in Jerez and that Tintilla is the original name.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, minerals, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice on the fragrant nose. Densely packed and lively, offering concentrated, gently sweet flavors of red and dark berries, violet, cracked pepper and bitter chocolate. Finishes long and aromatic, with a firm tannic spine and strong mineral lift. This wine is made from young tintilla vines planted on the chalky "albariza" soil of the region, which is home to Jerez.